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Designer Kate Spade Dies in Apparent Suicide
Designer Kate Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide.
By WWD Staff on June 5, 2018
The fashion world was shocked Tuesday morning with the news that popular designer Kate Spade was found dead of an apparent suicide in her apartment at 850 Park Avenue.
A police official said Spade, who was 55, was found in her bedroom and was “unconscious and unresponsive.” It appears she had hanged herself.
Spade is survived by her husband Andy and 13-year-old daughter, Frances.
“We are all devastated by today’s tragedy,” the Spade family said in a statement. “We loved Kate dearly and will miss her terribly. We would ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve during this very difficult time.”
In a statement posted on the CFDA’s web site, Diane von Furstenberg and Steven Kolb wrote, “The CFDA is devastated to hear the news of our friend, colleague, and CFDA member Kate Spade’s tragic passing. She was a great talent who had an immeasurable impact on American fashion and the way the world viewed American accessories. We want to honor her life and her major contribution to the fashion business and express our most sincere condolences to the family.”
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